Archive for June, 2009

Juniors and U/23 medal at nationals

Jun 28, 2009 [Noel Guiden] Well done to the club`s Junior and U/23 athletes at todays National Track and Field held in Tullamore where after a very long day 3 golds, 5 silvers and 4 bronze medals were taken back home. The roll of honour reads:

Ian Rogers 1st U/23 Pole Vault 4.20m

Luke Mangan 1st U/23 Shot 13.97m (PB)

Denise Byrne 1st U/23 Javelin 36.52m

Sarah Woods 2nd U/23 400h 69.7

Becky Woods 2nd U/23 1500m 4.40.63

John Fagan 2nd U/23 400h 56.00

Dave Fitzmaurice 2nd Junior 5,000m 15.42.05

Conor Coleman, Stuart Roche, Patrick O`Connor and Stephen Commiskey 2nd Junior 4×100

Sarah Doyle 3rd U/23 400h 71.8

Luke Mangan 3rd U/23 Discus 38.2m

Ben Woods 3rd Junior Discus

Shauna Furman 3rd Junior 100h 15.75

Well done to our medal winners and also to the other Clonliffe athletes in action: Sarah Finnegan 4th in the Junior 800 (2.25.3), Mark McDonald 5th in the Junior mens 800m in 1.55.22, Stephen Commiskey 8th in the junior Long jump (6.06m), and in the U/23s: Declan Moran was 8th in the 800m (2.08) and Khadija Dridi was 7th in the 400 in 67.96.

Power wins club 10,000. Delaney takes Summer series

Jun 27, 2009 [Stephen Byrne] The 2009 Clonliffe Harrier Grand Prix Summer Series finished last Thursday with the Bonass/Club 10,000m Championship. On a perfect evening 28 athletes toed the line for the race. The customary transfer of the yellow Jersey from Fergus Keenan to Conor Delaney was performed before the start, the question was could Conor retain the jersey after the event.

From the off last years winner Declan Power made his intentions known and whittled down the laps with extrodarinary ease on the way to a finish time of 33.19 breaking his PB set in May by 24 seconds. In the battle for the green jersey Philip O’Doherty needed all 5 points and for Jeremy Walsh not to finish in the Top 5 to leap frog Jeremy and take the jersey. This was not going to happen and there was never much between the two during the course of the race with Jeremy finishing in 35.48 with Philip O’Doherty some 12 seconds behind.

Actual Times

1 Declan Power 33.19 Guest 2 Jeremy Walsh 35:48 3 Philip O’Doherty 36:00 4 Dermot Treleavan 36:49 5 Ernie Ramsay 37:22 6 Conor Delaney 37:29 7 Tom Monks 37:31 8 Maurice McCrohan 38:11 9 Jeremy Chapman 39:05 10 Kieran Foley 39:07 Guest 11 Fergus Keenan 39:49 12 Paul Carolan 40:00 13 Alan Worrall 40:22 14 Eoin Murray 40:24 15 Nathan Pearce 40:30 16 Declan Murray 40:43 17 Kieran Murphy 40:56 18 Eddie Harrison 42:12 19 Pat Devitt 42:40 20 Robert Beckett 42:43 Guest 21 Colm Breen 43:19 22 Pat Bonass 43:40 23 Terry Mee 44:34 Guest 24 David Brady 44:35 25 Frank Devitt 44:55 26 Richard Barr 45:15 27 Ken O’Gorman 47:50 28 Pat O’Rourke 47:50

Results when handicaps taken into account as follows:

Pos Name Time Var Pts Green Pts 1 Richard Barr 45:15 -108 30 2 Pat Devitt 42:40 -94 29 3 Pat Bonass 43:40 -80 28 4 David Brady 44:35 -57 27 5 Ken O’Gorman 47:50 -42 26 6 Eoin Murray 40:24 -28 25 7 Dermot Treleavan 36:49 -26 24 3 8 Tom Monks 37:31 -25 23 9 Philip O’Doherty 36:00 -19 22 4 10 Eddie Harrison 42:12 -12 21 11 Fergus Keenan 39:49 5 20 12 Jeremy Walsh 35:48 6 19 5 13 Ernie Ramsay 37:22 17 18 2 14 Jeremy Chapman 39:05 28 17 15 Colm Breen 43:19 37 16 16 Frank Devitt 44:55 43 15 17 Paul Carolan 40:00 47 14 18 Declan Murray 40:43 49 13 19 Alan Worrall 40:22 51 12 20 Maurice McCrohan 38:11 59 11 21 Pat O’Rourke 47:50 101 10 22 Conor Delaney 37:29 115 9 1 23 Kieran Murphy 40:56 143 8 24 Nathan Pearce 40:30 164 7

Leaderboard after 7 rounds.

Pos Name Best 5 Total 1 Conor Delaney 127 146 2 Richard Barr 127 131 3 Jeremy Chapman 122 148 4 Pat Bonass 114 115 5 Philip O’Doherty 111 125 6 Fergus Keenan 110 149 6 Ken O’Gorman 110 110 8 Dermot Treleavan 108 134 9 David Brady 101 104 10 Colm Breen 100 122 11 Pat O’Rourke 98 98 12 Maurice McCrohan 94 95 13 Paddy Tuite 91 91 14 Shay Byrne 90 90 15 Stephen Byrne 89 93 16 Jeremy Walsh 87 98 17 Paul Carolan 86 91 18 Alan Worrall 81 81 19 Pat Devitt 77 77 20 Ernie Ramsay 75 75 21 Colm Doran 71 71 22 Dermot Murphy 70 70 22 Sean Doran 70 70 24 Eddi Harrison 67 67 25 John Fay 66 66 26 Sean McGoldrick 63 68 27 Tom Monks 60 60 28 Mark Bermingham 55 55 29 Fergus Wheatley 54 54 30 Frank Devitt 52 52 31 Pat Healy 50 50 32 Eoin Murray 48 48 33 Desmond Lyons 39 39 34 Richard Connolly 37 37 35 Declan Murray 34 34 35 Nathan Pearce 34 34 37 Shane McCaul 32 32 38 David Dunwoody 25 25 39 Paul Kelly 22 22 40 David Bradshaw 15 15 41 David Corcoran 14 14 42 Kieran Murphy 13 13 43 Ray McConville 12 12 44 Noel Guiden 11 11 45 Colm Groome 9 9 46 Gerry McCabe 0 0 47 Tony Kiernan 0 0 48 Tony Westby 0 0 49 Brian Devitt 0 0

Presentations for the Bonass GP & Club Championships where made in the Club Bar after the event.

10,000 Club Campionships 1st Declan Power 2th Jeremy Walsh 3rd Philip O’Doherty

Bonass 10K

1st Place Richard Barr 2th Place Pat Devitt 3rd Place Pat Bonass

As race sponsor Pat Bonass requested his 3rd place prize be given to the 4th place athlete Dave Brady.

Top 7 in the Grand Prix Summer Series Leader-board

Best 5 Total 1st Conor Delaney 127 146 2th Richard Barr 127 131 3rd Jeremy Chapman 122 148 4th Pat Bonass 114 115 5th Philip O’Doherty 111 125 6th Fergus Keenan 110 149 7th Ken O’Gorman 110 110

Fastest Athlete in the Summer Series

1st Jeremy Walsh 30 points 2th Philip O’Doherty 25 points 3th Dermot Trevelan 15 points

There are a few people I would like to thank for making the Grand Prix Summer Series so successful.

Our handicapper Jeremy Walsh who everyone would agree was fair to everyone bar himself, it’s unlikely anyone else in the Grand Prix has had as many PB’s as Jeremy and yet he never found himself in contention for the yellow jersey. Jeremy will be handing over the handicapping duties to Paul Carolan for the Winter Series so that he can spend more quality time with his new arrival Michael Walsh.

Without race officials there can be no races. We thankfully have not have to asked anyone to forgo a race in order to officiate this has been due to a number of individuals that gave up their time to officiate on our behalf. A big thank you to Dave Brennan, Damien Reilly, Gerry McCabe, Tony Wesby, Eugene Coppinger, Caroline Tuite and Jimmy Bennett to mention a few.

To our Series sponsor Noel Guiden for his continued support to the Grand Prix including the Santry Demesne mile. To all our sponsors throughout the series Colm Doran, Dave Brennan, Eugene McCarrick, The Murphy Family and Pat Bonass.

To the rest of the Grand Prix committee working in the background that make sure things go as smoothly as possible Paddy Tuite, Alan Worrall, Paul Carolan and Tom Monks.

This is the first year in which the Series has been split in two and at the end of the Winter Series we will ask for your suggestions as to how things can be improved. We cannot guarantee these all will be taken onboard but they will be listened or read whatever is the case.

The Summer Series has brought a number of new faces to the Club over the Spring/Summer months whom no doubt will go on the represent the club in many races in the coming months.

The Winter Series will kick off with a Prologue in Late August early September and will consist of 7 races with 5 to score. The race series will include a number of blue ribbon Clonliffe Races, Walker Cup 4 mile on the track, The Horan Cup and the O’Connor Cup Cross Country in Santry Demesne also there will be the Irwin Cup Steeplechase and the Farren Cup which is a point to point race. Adding in the Ahern Cup 10 mile in Malahide and an experimental 2 mile course in Santry the Winter Series will have plenty to offer weather permitting. As soon as date as finalised we will be in touch.

Nil Desperandum

Healy goes sub 3.50

Jun 25, 2009 [Noel Guiden] Conor Healy made a big break through in the BMC Gold Standard Races held in Stretford on Tuesday night. In the 1500m A race Conor ran a superb PB of 3.49.56 in taking 10th place.

A PB also last night at the IMC races in Irishtown for Dave Fitzmaurice in the 3,000m of 8.34.16. Looks like Becky Woods may also have set an 800m PB at that meet with her excellent 2.15.15, good run also from Louise Reilly 2.18.14. A season`s best from Aidan Bailey in the 800 A race of 1.52.67.

David Donegan 5th in Euro team C`ships

Jun 22, 2009 [Noel Guiden] Over the course of the weekend Ireland`s International Athletics team has been battling away in Divison 2 of the European Team Championship in Banka, Slovakia. David Donegan scored valuable points in the pole vault: 5th with a best of 4.80m to help the Irish to second overall and promotion to Divison 1. John Laffey travelled with the squad however doesn`t appear to have started, a possible re occurance of his hamstring injury. Full report on athleticsireland.ie, see also www.european-athletics.org.

Dublin senior track and field

Jun 21, 2009 [Noel Guiden] The juveniles were not the only ones in championship action this week end as the Dublin senior track and field took place in the Morton Stadium last night. Of the few Clonliffe athletes taking part top of the heap was Marcin Klinzow who won the High Jump with a best of 1.95m. Ciara McCallion finished 2nd in the 400m (59.88), however, as the first senior is the Dublin Champion. Tomas Raypus was 2nd in the shot put (13.97), Conor Coleman finished 3rd in the 100m in 11.56, and Ailish McDermott was 4th in the 3,000m (10.31.82)

Another sack full of medals from juvenile athletes

Jun 21, 2009 [Noel Guiden] Day 2 of the Dublin Juvenile Championships from Irishtown brought another day of great performances from Clonliffe`s athletes which included Patrick O`Connor completing a sprint double with a superb win in the 200 to add to his 100 from yesterday and a simply superb boys U/19 2,000 steeple chase duel between Clonliffe`s Jamie Rossister and DSD`s Emmet Jennings.

The club`s sprinters were again in fine form particularily in the U/17s where Patrick O`Connor, Stuart Roche and Craig Commiskey all negotiated safe passage through the heats into the afternoon final.In the final itself Patrick was again the victor winning in 22.7 with Stuart 3rd and Craig 5th. Earlier in the day Aaron Tynan moved down in distance from the 800 (which he won) to tackle the U/15 200 and with a good run placed 5th.In the U/16 girls 200 Leah Bergin was 2nd (26.57) with Elaine Begley 4th.

Elaine turned the tables in the long jump winning with a best of 4.67m with Leah 1cm behind in 2nd. In the U/16 boys Mark Moloney finished 3rd with Aaron Wade 4th.Hannah McLoughlin threw very well and was 3rd place in both the shot and javelin. Also in the field events Ryan Whelan won gold in the U/15 javelin and Andy Liadiova won the U/12 shot. Tadgh Brennan was 2nd in the U/14 shot (8.38).

The middle distance athletes also did the club proud. Ian Guiden was 2nd in the U/16 1500 (4.44) with Ryan Cashel 5th, Liam Ashton was 3rd in the U/15s (4.50) with John Buckley 5th. Rachel Murray ran very well in the U/14s and was a matter of inches away from a medal in 4th with Alex Philbin 6th. Also in the 1500m Graham Mahon was 2nd in the U/18 and Jordan Logue 3rd in the U/19.

On then to the race of the day and round 2 of the Emmet/Jamie battle and what a race these two fine athletes provided over the barriers for 2,000m, neck and neck they ran and over the last 500 Jamie hit the front, however Emmet Jennings dug in and with a last gasp sprint cleared the final barrier to win almost on the line by .2 of a second. PB`s for both and a time that would have won the All Ireland schools. Jamie Rossister in taking silver took about 15 seconds off his PB running 6.08. Conor McGuinness also ran very well taking 3rd place.

An excellent end to an excellent championship. Athletes take a bow

Good day for young Harriers at Dublins

Jun 20, 2009 [Noel Guiden] The Dublin Juvenile Track and Field Championships got underway today in IrishTown. This year sees a change with the U/10`s championships held in conjunction with last week`s Team event meaning that the Clonliffe team heading south accross the Liffey was smaller than usual. As always there were medals golore won by the club`s juvenile athletes, highlights of which included U/17 100m gold from Patrick O`Connor in a very fast 10.7 with Stuart Roche a fraction behind in 3rd in 11.04, and a first championship medal from Clonliffe new boy Aaron Tynan winning U/15 800m in an impressive 2.13.4.

Proceedings got underway bright and early at 10.00am with the club`s first medal coming soon from Rachel Murray 2nd in the girls U/14 800 in 2.26.9. In the U/15 800 Aaron Tynan as usual blasted away from the gun, tearing down the back straight he hit troubled waters at 400 but rallied well holding off the field to record a very impressive win (2.13.4). A great run also from Ryan Cashel in the U/16 800 finishing second (2.29.6) to win his first individual Dublin medal.

In the boys U/16 high jump Mark Moloney was 3rd with a best jump of 1.50m with Aaron Wade 4th. Also in the field events Ian Brennan won silver in the U/16 shot (update on discus to follow) and Megan Columber was 3rd in the U/14 long jump and 4th in the 80m.

In the sprints Jasmin Hales was a last gasp winner of the U/13 80m. Patrick O`Connor and Stuart Roche had a great battle in the U/17 100m with Patrick coming out on top with an excellent 10.7.

Finally onto the distance boys in the 3,000m. Shortage of numbers meant that the U/16s and 17s ran together, in the confusion the lap counters decided that seven and a half laps wasn`t enough sending the lads on an extra lap, anyway 1st U/16 was Ian Guiden (running a 3,400m PB!) and Herbert Innocent was 3rd U/17 (also running a 3,400 PB). The older age group was also mixed, a great race was provided by Emmet Jennings (DSD) and our Jamie Rossister.Emmet pulled away with 2 to go, but with Jamie getting the bit between his teeth he close the gap taking some 3 seconds out of Emmet`s lead over the final lap, however the gap was too big to be bridged and Jamie had to make do with silver. Eric McCann ran a very gritty race in 3rd and a strong run also from Jordan Logue in 5th.

Tomorrow brings 1500m, 200m, 400h and more with the action starting in Irishtown at 10.00am.

Patrick wins national 200

Jul 19, 2009 [Noel Guiden] Young sprinter Patrick O`Connor had an exceptionally busy and successful weekend. First off he represented Ireland in the SIAB Schools International in Antrim where he placed equal 5th in the 100m in 11.20 and was also 5th in the 200 in 22.83, then he followed that up by winning the National U/17 200m title in Tullamore today in 22.89. Clubmate and training companion Stuart Roche won bronze in that race in 23.77. Congratulations to them both.

Also in action in Tullamore at today`s National Juvenile T & F were two of our young field eventers Safari Aketch was 7th in the boys U/16 Discus with a best of 32.43m and Simon Gilligan was also 7th in the U/15 Hammer (22.55).

At last night`s British Milers Club Nike Grand Prix meet in Solihull Becky Woods ran a 1500m PB of 4.38.99 finishing 8th in the C race. Louise Reilly was 14th in the B race in 4.39.29. Conor Healy gets closer and closer to that big break through running an 800 PB of 1.50.49, surely before the Summer is out….

Kenneally goes sub 29 again

Jun 7, 2009 [Noel Guiden] Clonliffe`s Mark Kenneally was in international duty in the European Cup 10,000m in Ribeira Brava, Portugal yesterday. Mark had a good run breaking 29 minutes yet again finishing in 28.59.73 taking 18th place from the 34 starters. Race winner was Jose Manuel Martinez (esp) 27.57.01. Portugal took the team title. Full report/results on www.european-athletics.org

Clonliffe 5th in European clubs track and field

Jun 4, 2009 [] With more than a few months of preparation and planning the first ever Clonliffe Harriers Track & Field team to compete together in the European Champions Club Competition was selected. After carefully monitoring the eligible athletes over the final few weeks, Club Captain Joe Cooper selected the strongest team available for our destination of Dubnica in Slovakia. With only Paul Marry (javelin) of the selected athletes not being able to make the trip the team gathered at Dublin airport on Friday morning for our 7.15am flight to Vienna.

With a detailed itinerary laid out for the travelling party there was a distinct lack of panic at the airport. It just goes to show you’re never too old to be told what to pack for a trip!! David Donegan’s persistence at the check-in area wasn’t winning over the Aer Lingus staff and it was soon clear that we’d be travelling without a pole. Though missing a pole, we were buoyed by the surprise appearance of Padraig Keane as an additional travelling supporter.

So, we were a pole down, a Keane up, and not forgetting the mustachioed Danny Kavanagh on board – we were ready to take on Europe’s best ( well, Europe’s 9-15th best club teams )

Our flight to Vienna was non-eventful and on arrival we sought out and found the Slovak representatives sent from the Organisation committee. With a 190km journey to Dubnica still ahead we made our way through to the car park to board our Coach. After passing some gloriously comfortable looking coaches we found ours. Not great.

Of course, our English speaking greeter waved goodbye and our driver gladly departed Vienna for Dubnica. Studiously obeying the speed limits we were passed by every moving vehicle on the road. You know it’s going to be a longer than expected coach trip when 1985 Lada’s are speeding past you over the horizon! Padraig Keane provided ample entertainment up the front of the bus discussing the benefits of the multiple wind Farms we passed, as well as noting that the fields on the right hand side of the road when leaving Vienna are a dead ringer for fields on the left hand side of the old Naas road into Dublin!!

After about 2 hrs we attempted to ask the driver to pull over for a toilet and snack break. We were just short of requiring a visual aid to explain the need for the toilet when he understood and soon made his way into a petrol station/shop. The first hint of what lay ahead in Dubnica was when it was duly noted that the bottles of beer were priced at less than 70 cent each. Despite a few of our athletes accidentally finding their way into the women’s toilets we weren’t run out of the place before a few sandwiches were bought and a bit of goulash was eaten.

The weather turned and with the rain pounding off the coach windows we eventually arrived in Dubnica. Gradually making our way through the city we reached the hotel. The locale looked somewhat rundown but with a spanking new ( 2** ) Hotel recently built and painted thrown in. With the average room catering for 3 people a quick reallocation of the rooms was required. Poor Marco drew the short straw and ended up with Joe. It was now about 3.30pm and it would be another few hours before Dinner was ready. With some athletes looking for a run, others looking to eat again or rest, the supporters found the hotel bar and settled in.

With no Restaurant in house we made our way across the derelict ground to the nearby Restaurant. The menu: Roast Chicken. Sparse but not bad. With some trips to the local supermarkets the team gradually stocked up on their dietary requirements for the weekend. The mood was good and confidence was high. Our attache, Linka (or Linekar as Joe liked to call her) escorted a curious group down to a local Irish bar. It’s Irishness provided by the draught Guinness and a postcard from Ireland. Mick Fogarty displayed the fruits of a misspent youth on the Pool table while predictions for the weekend’s competition ahead commenced. Of course the sight of grown men falling over each other to buy the next round was endearing to all, but at €5 a round, you couldn’t blame them!!

Saturday morning was scheduled to be spent at the track which was located 5 mins away by bus. The decision to host the competition on the 6 lane track was a little confusing to us all as it meant splitting the sprint races into heats of 3 and 4 athletes. However, the stadium was nice, the track was new and the sun was shining. The relay team practiced their exchanges, the throwers practiced their technique, Dave Donegan scrounged a Pole Vault from a competitor and the runners ran. Gerry Carr made a late bid for team selection with a few laps on the track, but Joe wasn’t for turning.

After a few hours it was back to the hotel for some food and further ‘Rest and Relaxation’. With the FA Cup being shown in a Sports Cafe in the town some athletes made their way down there. Joe was none too pleased to come across a few team members testing their karting skills on the local kart track as we passed. A sullen shake of the head and everything needed to be said was said. Still, it didn’t stop them finishing their laps!!

The nights activities included a Poker Night for the boys and some home truths for the supporters. The later being given by the Cigar smoking head of the Fernabache Men’s team. With more than one self proclaimed Poker fan in the group the competitive juices were flowing. A little after midnight the last man standing and the undisputed Clonliffe Harriers Poker Champion was Alagie Faye. The €20 prize money paled in significance to the honour of the title. Conor Healy arrived at around 10pm after a long day. Due to his final exam that morning in DCU Conor travelled out on his own. With a personal driver sent to pick him up that didn’t speak English the 2 hour journey from Vienna was a somewhat muted affair.

The first events on Sunday started at 10am so it was an early rise for most athletes. Our competitors came from France, Turkey, Bosnia, Switzerland, Finland and the Netherlands. With the Clonliffe Flag proudly flying from the Grandstand there was no further preparation needed. Jeremy Lyons was our first athlete onto the track and with a solid time of 53.82 for 3rd place and our first points were on the board. A South African Olympian competing for the Turks won this one. ( Full results listed below ) At the same time Martin Hunt and Luke Mangan were in the field throwing the Hammer and Discus respectively. Martin last international event was as an Under 17 athlete in 1995 so he was more than eager to get started. Despite the Hammer cage being located outside the main stadium, Martin was just short of his season’s best when finishing 5th.

Mark Kenneally was up next on the track. Facing him was an Ethiopian Turk that ran in the Beijing 10,000m Final. It was clear by half way that Mark would finish 2nd and garner another 6 points for us. David Donegan was now on the runway over at the Pole Vault with his borrowed pole. David Flynn was next on track in the Steeplechase. With another Turkish Olympian lining up it was always going to be a tough ask. David’s 4th place finish was hard fought but very valuable. Conor Healy’s 800m race proved to be another high points earner. Coming from 4th to 2nd over the last 150m, he captured another valuable 6 points. With Padraig and Noreen Keane monitoring the Eurovision-esque giant scoreboard news was relayed back that we were now in joint third place.

John Conroy and Stephen Comiskey competed in the extra 100m races available for athletes not entered in the official 100m and once done it was time for the Opening Ceremony. Killian Lonergan, Conor Healy and David Flynn proudly walked behind the Irish flag for the official greeting. With the pleasantries over, it was back to the competition. Danny ‘Sprinter McTash’ Kavanagh was next up and ran a season’s best for 6th place. By this time, Stephen Comiskey was warming up for this 4 long jump attempts. Like every respectable jumper, Stephen managed to get the crowd clapping for each of this jumps.

Luke Mangan was back with the heavies over at the Shot Putt circle while John Laffey was lining up for the 400m. Luke improved each round and putted his 2nd furthest throw ever. Laffey was biding his time down the backstraight while watching the French athlete on his outside. Kicking off the bend, John ran out of track and despite running a season’s best of 48.01 he just failed to catch the event winner. At this point in proceedings we were still in 4th place behind the Turks, French and Swiss, with some daylight appearing to the Dutch team in 5th. Jeremy Lyons was back on track for the 110m hurdles. Another season’s best was achieved but 7th place was the result. Laffey was now back for the 200m. With little under an hour since his superb 400m, it was going to be a big ask for another top drawer performance. Unfortunately John’s body fought back and after only 20m he pulled up lame.

As a member of both the 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams, the loss of John was a cruel blow to the team. Marco was triple jumping at this stage and pulled off a still to be confirmed Clonliffe club record jump of 14.45m. Marcin had stepped up and taken on the role of Javelin thrower and performed as he predicted with a throw of over 50m. We had slipped down the rankings to 5th at this stage. Aidan Bailey was next up on the track in the 1500m. With two Olympians in his race it was always going to be a difficult task, but he secured 4th place and more importantly gained some ground on the Dutch team ahead of us.

The quickly rearranged 4x100m team were next to race and the lack of time to practice the hand-overs counted against us when the final change over was unsuccessful. The final event was the 4x400m but with less than 1 minute to go to the start the race was postponed due to a terrific Thunder, Lighting and hail stones bonanza. With points still being totalled up during the break it became clear going in to this last event that 5th place was to be our finishing position. At the start of the weekend we would have taken 5th and been happy, but based on the performances and especially the way we started, it felt somewhat disappointing.

The final results were as follows. TUR 116, FRA 110, NED 71, SUI 69, IRL 58, BIH 54, FIN 50

With the Turks and French gaining promotion and the Danish and Slovaks being relegated from the higher division there’s every change that if we manage to defend our National League title this year a top 3 European finish in 2010 is possible.

The post-competition banquet was planned for 8pm that night and after being bused to the chosen location the feeding frenzy that took place could only be likened to feeding time at the zoo. That said the Clonliffe contingent managed to secure enough food and drink to do us proud.

After a quick prize ceremony for all the teams is was time to start the dancing and singing. The elders decided it was time to relocate back to town for a more civilised surrounding while our throwers took the decision to hit up a local steak house. Some of team remained upstairs with the celebrating French, Slovaks and Turkish athletes in their multi language rendition of ‘We are the Champions’. Downstairs the ‘banter’ with the Sale Harriers from Manchester was only kicking off. With Kavanagh providing some uncanny impersonations, things were looking good. When David Flynn added in his own impromptu Lionel Messi impersonation on an over hanging lamp, things began to look slightly more treacherous. The decision was soon taken to up sticks and head back towards town. The organisers laid on buses and many athletes took the next one out of dodge As we pulled out from the hotel out of the corner of our eyes, we could see David Flynn with another extraordinary impersonation – this time of the cyborg in Terminator 2, chasing the bus for all his life. The driver was none to happy to be caught but reluctantly stopped and let him on.   After his earlier pit stop the driver was in no mood to stop again in the town and refused our requests to do so. Deciding it was best for us to all be dropped back to the hotel, there was nothing we could do but play along. Many of the athletes stayed local and international relations were further strengthened. Athletes that had managed to make it into town arrived back in drips and drabs throughout the night The hotel receptionists hadn’t seen anything like the carnage arriving through the lobby. Some walked, some crawled and some were simply dragged to their rooms. It was certainly all fun and games, and nobody ended up in tears.

The 6.30 departure the following morning was now only a few short hours away and it was with some pride that we managed to leave only 20 mins later than expected. Considering the carnage witnessed the night before it has to be considered another remarkable team performance.   Clonliffe Results:   100m -0.5 6 Kavanagh Daniel IRL – Clonliffe 11,35

200m Laffey John 851127 IRL – Clonliffe NF

400m 2 Laffey John IRL – Clonliffe 48,01

800m 2 Healy Conor 870602 IRL – Clonliffe 1:53,37

1,500m 4 Bailey Aidan 831229 IRL – Clonliffe 3:57,50

3,000m 2 Kenneally Mark 810818 IRL – Clonliffe 8:23,93

110m Hurdles +0.1 7 Lyons Jeremy 740830 IRL – Clonliffe 15,85

400m hurdles 3 Lyons Jeremy 740830 IRL – Clonliffe 53,82

3,000m steeple 3 Flynn David 891117 IRL – Clonliffe 9:26,91

Long jump 6 Comiskey Stephen IRL – Clonliffe 6.22m

Triple jump 4 Mattiuzzo Marco IRL – Clonliffe 14,45m

High jump 4 Klinkosz Marcin IRL – Clonliffe 1.90m

Pole vault 6 Donegan David IRL – Clonliffe 4.60m

Shot 7 Mangan Luke 890710 IRL – Clonliffe 13,68m

Discus 7 Mangan Luke IRL – Clonliffe 37,34m

Javelin 6 Klinkosz Marcin 800223 IRL – Clonliffe 50,67m

Hammer 5 Hunt Martin 780822 IRL – Clonliffe 50,23m

4X100m IRL IRL – Clonliffe NF 0,189

4X400m 4 IRL IRL – Clonliffe 3:24,59 Lyons Jeremy, Healy Conor, Fagan John , McDonald Mark . Non competing travelers: Joe Cooper, Killian Lonergan, Gerry Carr, Mick Fogarty, Noreen Keane, Padraig Keane, Johnny O’Leary and Bart Rogers.

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